2nd Lt. John J. Smith
Mass of Requiem For Lt. Smith
Pilot Was In
England Just 16 Days
(Jan. 18, 1945) -- Army Air Force pilot 2nd Lt. John J. Smith, 28 of New Street, was killed over England when the B-17 he was flying collided with another Flying Fortress on Jan. 5.
It was one of the first times piloting a B-17 for Smith, who had trained on B-24s.
Smith entered service on April 1943. He trained at Kessler Field, Miss; Helena, Ark., Maxwell Field, Ala., Greenville, Miss, and Lawrenceville, Ill.
He received six months additional training in Texas, Nebraska, and Idaho.
He last saw his wife and son on Nov. 28 before he left for overseas on December 11.
Lt. Smith was also known for his 4-piece orchestra "The Crestmen" at Belleville High School.
2nd. Lt. John J. Smith, U.S. Army Air Forces
848th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, Large
Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Buried at: Plot F Row 1 Grave 116
Belleville Times, Feb. 8, 1945
Newark Evening News, Feb. 1, 1945
A Place of Honor and Remembrance In the Home of the Brave
Belleville, New Jersey
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